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Intel P35 Express powered motherboard spotted with DDR3 memory slots

Motherboards featuring the upcoming Intel P35 Express variant from the upcoming Bearlake-family desktop chipsets will be some of the first to support DDR3 memory.  Initial Intel roadmaps claimed that the first DDR3 support would come late 2007 if industry support caught on.

However, that doesn't mean Intel isn't getting its ducks in a row.  The company has already started sampling its DDR3 motherboards and several have leaked out into the channel already.

According to Intel guidance, the P35 chipset can feature DDR2 or DDR3 memory, but not both at the same time.  The leaked motherboard supports up to four sticks of DDR3 memory rated at 800 MHz or 1066 MHz.

It will also support up to a 1333 MHz front-side-bus on Socket T, also known as LGA775 processors. LGA775 processors supported by the upcoming P35 Express-based board include Intel Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad and Celeron 4xx-series.

There is no mention if previous Pentium 4, Pentium D and Celeron D processors for LGA775 remain supported on the new platform. Nevertheless, expect Intel to launch 1333 MHz front-side-bus Core 2 Duo E6x50-series later this year. Intel’s Core 2 Duo E6850 1333 MHz front-side-bus processor was spotted in the wild earlier this month.

Expect Intel to launch its Bearlake-family during its typical sunny seasons, in time for the back-to-school shoppers. Intel’s Bearlake-family will spawn five desktop variants. The variants include the integrated graphics endowed G33 & G35 Express, vPro platform Q33 & Q35 Express, mainstream P35 Express and performance oriented X38 Express. As always, expect Intel to launch a top-to-bottom lineup of Intel Desktop Boards featuring the Bearlake chipset-family.

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The pink elephant in the room
By lufoxe on 2/13/2007 9:32:32 AM , Rating: 2
Speed is all good and fun, but the main thing I'm concerned with is latency. Yes I know, in the intel front latency doesn't really has as much as an effect as in an AMD platform. But cmon we have CAS latencies going into 5, 4 and in the best case 3. Call me crazy but I remember the day when if you had a CAS latency of 3 on your memory, it was deemed cheap... excuse me "value" memory. I could just be concerned about nothing, but it is a thought

RE: The pink elephant in the room
By bkiserx7 on 2/13/2007 11:40:04 AM , Rating: 2
latency is not everything when you get bandwidth and multiple pipes of data

RE: The pink elephant in the room
By Neosis on 2/13/2007 3:12:51 PM , Rating: 2
By just looking Cas latency, you can't say anything about overall latency which depends on all timings (primarily column access strobe) and memory frequency.

I can say my TCCDs have lower latency at Cas 2.5-4-3-8@300Mhz than Cas 1.5-2-2-5-7-14@210Mhz

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